VW revealed on Monday (11 September) that at least one electric version of the group's near 300 models would be produced, including models under Audi, Scania, SEAT, SKODA and Porsche.
It's a decision that forms part of a much larger trend pushed both by governments as they look to reduce the air pollution in cities, and auto companies that realise customers are looking for cleaner, more efficient vehicles.
"The Volkswagen Brand will be investing 6 billion euros in electric mobility over the next five years".
VW also has plans to build four gigafactories for battery production.
Also set to appeal to buyers will be the range of assistance systems available on the vehicle, including Front Assist and Lane Assist as standard and an optional Traffic Jam Assist system.
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As per the company's estimate, in the coming years, about one in four vehicles from the group will either be an electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid. This is not some vague declaration of intent.
However, Müller told the company event yesterday that there was a critical need for more EV charging infrastructure in cities and on highways to help EVs breakthrough in the market, adding that the low emission transport and energy transitions are also "inextricably linked".
To cover the needs of "roadmap E", VW has started a tendering process for the selection of partners in China, Europe and North America to provide battery cells and related technology worth more than €50 billion.
"Then it is up to customers to decide how fast it will gain widespread acceptance", said Müller.
Muller confirmed that Volkswagen Group's "Roadmap E" will launch around 50 all-electric vehicles and almost 30 plug-in hybrids. We are not being arbitrary. "We know the challenges automakers face and we offer innovative solutions across the vehicle that meet and exceed their safety, performance and comfort targets".
To avoid a future Dieselgate, all new diesel engines going forward will come with SCR catalytic converters fitted as standard and from 2019 onwards. All new gasoline engines will be equipped with a particulate filter across the board. Significant improvements in consumption and emissions are promised.